White Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)

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White Grapefruit, also referred to as the Texas grapefruit, is a subtropical evergreen fruit tree supposedly native to south Asia, but with an origin story sprinkled in mystery. 

A popular member of the Rutaceae family along with its other Citrus, this highly ornamental grapefruit tree bears a light-yellow hued fruit with a slightly bitter to sweet-tart flavor in contrast to its pink-hued, sweet Ruby Red relative. 

Some say it began from a hybrid of Sweet Orange and Pummelo in Barbados and was originally called the “forbidden fruit”. Some ask why the citrus is called “grape” fruit, and that answer springs from the clusters in which the White Grapefruit grows. Others say the name comes from the flavor of “under-ripe grapes”, but regardless, here we are with gorgeous clusters of citrus beckoning to be picked and put onto a breakfast plate or juiced into a tall glass. 

In Haiti and Costa Rica, the White Grapefruit is cooked to eliminate the bitterness and can be found in many native dishes. The vitamin-C rich fruit rocks supplemental amounts of protein, potassium, calcium and fiber with a low-calorie count as well. Who can resist their wide and spacious canopy of potential deliciousness?

Planting, cultural care, pruning, and harvesting are similar for all citrus plants, with a few slight variations. Generally, they are best planted in filtered sun with well-drained soil that can hold moisture and nutrients. Citrus trees a particularly high demand for nitrogen. If you’re fantasizing about long afternoons of picking fresh fruit from your personal citrus grove, keep this in mind: The key to growing citrus is setting it up for success from the start.

Plant Type:
Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Winter, Spring, Year-round

Main citrus fruit production will take place in late winter through spring, but may produce throughout the year

Mature Size:
7-30 ft

Mature size varies by citrus tree type. Overall, citrus varieties can be grown in containers and maintained at smaller sizes.

Soil & Moisture:
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Overall, citrus prefers slightly shady areas and has better fruit production in part shade lighting conditions.

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Medium 

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Although their fruit provides a distinctly tropical twist to any drink or dish, Citrus trees trees are actually very cold hardy fruit trees, taking temperatures down to the low 20's!

Propagation:
Grafted and capable of producing fruit within 1 year.

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Dig Deeper

Sweet, tangy, juicy citrus fruit is more than just a delicious snack or an essential ingredient in your Sunday afternoon mimosas!

Citrus (especially oranges) is an amazing source of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps prevent and treat the common cold/upper respiratory infections and improve heart health. Your body can’t make vitamin C on its own so you need to get it from fruits like citrus, fresh vegetables, berries, etc.

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